Category Archives: Fruit

Native shrubs and trees

A lot has been said about why we should grow native trees and shrubs. However, a wildlife garden with non-native plants can be wonderful for wildlife; we all love lavender and the butterfly bush is popular with all sorts of … Continue reading

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Crab apples ~ Malus sylvestris ~ The wildlife garden

Malus sylvestris is a deciduous tree growing to 10 m and they are part of the Rosaceae family. They flower in April – May and provide nectar and pollen.  The flowers are popular with solitary bees such as Mining bees (Andrena … Continue reading

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Enhancing Wildlife and Biodiversity in the garden

Biodiversity in the back garden A possible definition of Biodiversity could be: the variability among living organisms from all sources, including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems, and the ecological complexes of which they are part: this includes … Continue reading

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Power to the consumers! Buy organic!

The representatives of the 27 member states, meeting in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, failed to reach a qualified majority in favour a proposal for a ban on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides (clothianidin, … Continue reading

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A midwinter garden ~ December 2012

It’s winter and nature seems to be asleep. However there are still signs of life in the garden. The weather so far has been very mild and very wet. This situation is good for fungi. In my garden, there are … Continue reading

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Different bees, different needs – bees, wildflowers and garden plants -Part 1

Different bees, different needs – Part 1 When it comes to bees we distinguish bumblebees, honeybees, solitary bees and cuckoo bees. There are over 350 bee species in the Netherlands and the UK depending a bit on where you live. … Continue reading

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Mother Nature – the Master Composter

Mother Nature, the Master composter Each year, billions of leaves fall in autumn and without the help of all kinds of organisms, our earth would be covered with a layer of leaves several kilometers thick. Mother Nature is indeed a … Continue reading

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